Rotarians Hear About Emergency Household Family Preparedness

Fulton Rotarian Zach Menter introduced the new director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, Dale Currier.

Dale gave a very informative presentation on Emergency Household Family Preparedness.

Zachary Menter and Dale Currier
Zachary Menter and Dale Currier, right

He said that 80% of households are not prepared in the case of an emergency such as the floods and hurricanes we have experienced this past year.

Dale explained to the Rotarians that there are 3 phases to a household emergency plan.

Phase 1 is having an emergency bag (backpack) containing medication, old glasses, whistle, toiletries, eating utensils, flashlights and gloves.

Phase 2 is a plastic box that contains non-perishable food, a dozen plastic grocery bags, can opener, games, pads and pencils.

A list of all your medications along with dosage and phones number of your pharmacy, doctor, etc. should also be in the box.

Important personal papers or copies of your personal papers should also be in this box.

He also said to have about $100 in small bills and coins in case of a power outage to purchase items in stores that have lost their power.

Phase 3 is a household getaway bag that contains clothing appropriate for the season (change it out a couple of times a year) and snacks.

We should pack enough for 5 days, as it is usually that long before we can get back in our homes.